News in Europe: Euronews and LuxLeaks

Greetings, citizens. This week, we’ve got some bits and bobs from the non-mainstream media, and for those interested in EU matters, it’s fascinating stuff.

First, though, here are some reactions, pictures and wise words from Sunday’s festivities celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

In Ukraine, fighting around Donetsk shows no signs of stopping; meanwhile, Russian activity around the borders and Ukrainian territory has intensified. Isn’t there a ceasefire in place?

Do you ever wonder what happened to Crimea after the annexation? Here’s a report.

I’ve been reading a lot about EU matters this past week after joining a network for young Europeans abroad. It’s a good idea, although so far it seems to function mainly as an outlet for older men to promote their ideas about how politics should work. But they have been providing me with a lot of links I would not necessarily have come across without them, like this worrying report that 80% of the OSCE personnel in Mariupol, Ukraine are actually Russian. There seems to have been a leak to the Russians about Ukraine in OSCE proceedings too.

Jean-Claude Juncker, recently elected as EU commission president, has been embroiled in a financial scandal in his native Luxembourg. Support for him is now waning.

The European Court of Justice ruled that Germany was right to deny an EU immigrant access to benefits after it had been proven that she has not been actively seeking work and doesn’t have the means to otherwise support herself. While the UK government openly rejoiced at the news (it seems to support them in their attempts to combat “benefit tourism” within the EU), some quick thinkers have already pointed out that it actually puts a break on David Cameron’s efforts to somehow single-handedly reform EU laws: It merely confirms that there are laws already that would help the UK enforce benefit caps without going all Rambo on the existing framework.

A discussion in the British parliament about the European Arrest Warrant turned heated and doesn’t show the government in a particularly good light.

14 people were killed in Spain when their bus crashed on its way back from a religious excursion.

Heeeeeeeere’s our special friend Janusz Korwin-Mikke again: This time he’s joined the ranks of every idiot ever to say that women cannot be trusted to mean “no” when they say, you know, “NO.”

And finally, nothing funny, but one of the weirdest, most frightening headlines ever: One in 10 sausages ‘carries risk of Hepatitis E virus’. What kind of sausages are we talking about here? I’m confused.

Until next week!

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Karo

Schnazzy East German translator and cricket obsessive residing in England. I have other qualities, too.

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